Written May 25, 2017
I thought the movie was great. A little more violence than I like, but I thought the ending was great. He had a purpose and only wanted what was his.
Written July 01, 2016
The beginning and middle of the film were great, but the ending stunk. Statham as usual was great. His fighting skills are amazing. J-Lo was annoying. I could not stand her character. I would say wait for cable. Not worth the price of admission.
Written February 23, 2017
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Written February 28, 2017
Richard Stark's Parker novels have been adapted previously, in movies like Point Blank and the Mel Gibson remake Payback; The Split; The Outfit and the weakest of the bunch by far, Slayground starring a well-cast Peter Coyote as Parker in a very poorly made film. Jason Statham would seem to be a good fit for the part but the version of Parker on display here is easily the nicest of the bunch, much more so even than Mel Gibson in the theatrical cut of Payback (he famously re-shot a third of the movie because he didn't think his character was likable enough). This Parker is a softie who likes animals, loves his girl and is extremely loyal to his partner (who is also his girl's father). This Parker is such a nice guy he talks an armed guard down from a panic attack in the middle of a robbery. As Statham vehicles go this is above average in terms of plot but it lacks the lean no-nonsense flavor of most Richard Stark movie adaptations. It feels a little flabby and overlong.
Written September 30, 2014
I understand this is just another routine Statham shoot-em-up film, but cmon! The first 30 minutes were awesome! Then it turns into the cliche story of revenge... I mean, if you're fine with Statham messing some people up, watch this.. but goodnight! Can an audience get some creativity!?!